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Why is Eamon Gilmore so "popular"?


LDF

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The Gilmore gale is in full force and the latest polling data suggests that Labour could become the largest party in Dáil Eireann after the next election and Eamon will become Taoiseach. Polling data to be published in the next week suggest that the majority of people believe that Eamon is Jesus Christ (although more popular). In fact, Eamon could soon become as popular as, well, Bertie Ahern was.

The Labour backroom boys (and quota of backroom girls) have played a blinder. A 21 year veteran of Dáil Eireann has been transformed overnight into a "new" force in Irish politics. Just why it took this new force 21 years to get any notice has yet to be explained. Last week Nessa Childers claimed that her party (the oldest in the state) is the "new party" in Irish politics. The spin would make an Iron Curtain era communist dictator blush with embarrassment.

I'm convinced that Labour are only one strategy meeting away from blacking up Eamon and wheeling him out as Ireland's Obama. However, Senator Obama's rallying call of "Yes we can" would have to be adapted to the standards of the Irish Labour Party. "Yes we can, unless we can't, we might but then again we might not" would be the most honest adaptation. How would it look on a placard though?

Many have pointed out that Gilmore best vocalises the "mood" of the Nation. A dozen callers to Liveline each day are pretty articulate at expressing the mood of the Nation but I'd want to know a bit more about Mick from Mulhuddart before I'd elect him to high office. What is his opinion on the Croke Park agreement for example?

So, just what is it about lads like Eamon, Bertie, Brian Cowen and Gerry Adams* that appeals to the Irish electorate?


*Those four were, at various points, the most popular leaders in Ireland according to opinion polls.
 
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midlander12

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The Gilmore gale is in full force and the latest polling data suggests that Labour could become the largest party in Dáil Eireann after the next election and Eamon will become Taoiseach. Polling data to be published in the next week suggest that the majority of people believe that Eamon is the re-incarnation of Jesus Christ. In fact, Eamon could soon become as popular as, well, Bertie Ahern was.

The Labour backroom boys (and quota of backroom girls) have played a blinder. A 21 year veteran of Dáil Eireann has been transformed overnight into a "new" force in Irish politics. Just why it took this new force 21 years to get any notice has yet to be explained. Last week Nessa Childers claimed that her party (the oldest in the state) is the "new party" in Irish politics. The spin would make an Iron Curtain era communist dictator blush with embarrassment.

I'm convinced that Labour are only one strategy meeting away from blacking up Eamon and wheeling him out as Ireland's Obama. However, Senator Obama's rallying call of "Yes we can" would have to be adapted to the standards of the Irish Labour Party. "Yes we can, unless we can't, we might but then again we might not" would be the most honest adaptation. How would it look on a placard though?

Many have pointed out that Gilmore best vocalises the "mood" of the Nation. A dozen callers to Liveline each day are pretty articulate at expressing the mood of the Nation but I'd want to know a bit more about Mick from Mulhuddart before I'd elect him to high office. What is his opinion on the Croke Park agreement for example?

So, just what is it about lads like Eamon, Bertie, Brian Cowen and Gerry Adams* that appeals to the Irish electorate?


*Those four were, at various points, the most popular leaders in Ireland according to opinion polls.
 

midlander12

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The Gilmore gale is in full force and the latest polling data suggests that Labour could become the largest party in Dáil Eireann after the next election and Eamon will become Taoiseach. Polling data to be published in the next week suggest that the majority of people believe that Eamon is the re-incarnation of Jesus Christ. In fact, Eamon could soon become as popular as, well, Bertie Ahern was.

The Labour backroom boys (and quota of backroom girls) have played a blinder. A 21 year veteran of Dáil Eireann has been transformed overnight into a "new" force in Irish politics. Just why it took this new force 21 years to get any notice has yet to be explained. Last week Nessa Childers claimed that her party (the oldest in the state) is the "new party" in Irish politics. The spin would make an Iron Curtain era communist dictator blush with embarrassment.

I'm convinced that Labour are only one strategy meeting away from blacking up Eamon and wheeling him out as Ireland's Obama. However, Senator Obama's rallying call of "Yes we can" would have to be adapted to the standards of the Irish Labour Party. "Yes we can, unless we can't, we might but then again we might not" would be the most honest adaptation. How would it look on a placard though?

Many have pointed out that Gilmore best vocalises the "mood" of the Nation. A dozen callers to Liveline each day are pretty articulate at expressing the mood of the Nation but I'd want to know a bit more about Mick from Mulhuddart before I'd elect him to high office. What is his opinion on the Croke Park agreement for example?

So, just what is it about lads like Eamon, Bertie, Brian Cowen and Gerry Adams* that appeals to the Irish electorate?


*Those four were, at various points, the most popular leaders in Ireland according to opinion polls.
By scrupulously avoiding answering the question 'what would you do?' It's easy to ride the bandwagon of popular anger when you don't have to tell people there's no money in the pot to pay their pensions.
 

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Gilmore is 'popular' because he's kept his mouth firmly shut. If you say nothing nobody can disagree with you. Labour haven't produced any policies yet so they haven't alienated anyone yet. But he will. It started yesterday, he said he'd scrap Metro North. Result: end of the possibility of two seats in DN. And so it begins.
 

Baron von Biffo

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The Gilmore gale is in full force and the latest polling data suggests that Labour could become the largest party in Dáil Eireann after the next election and Eamon will become Taoiseach. Polling data to be published in the next week suggest that the majority of people believe that Eamon is the re-incarnation of Jesus Christ. In fact, Eamon could soon become as popular as, well, Bertie Ahern was.
Get a grip, Gilmore hovers around a mediocre 50% in the polls. His numbers just appear exceptional by comparison with the margin-of-error chasing Cowen and Kenny.
 

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He's doing well because he's out-Fianna Fáiling Fianna Fáil in opposition and the people that are flocking to his banner are the ones least willing to accept that there is a lot of pain coming down the line.
He should have said "Sea, is feider linne ár cáca a ithe agus a bheith againn fresin" at that Labour Party Conference
 

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he's very good at convincing voters that some mythical group called "the rich" will pay extra taxes and get us out of the mess we are in!
nobody wants to pay and sure labour will look after the "ordinary man".
 

Tony Soprano

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He's doing well because he's out-Fianna Fáiling Fianna Fáil in opposition and the people that are flocking to his banner are the ones least willing to accept that there is a lot of pain coming down the line.
He should have said "Sea, is feider linne ár cáca a ithe agus a bheith againn fresin" at that Labour Party Conference
spot on!
 

bormotello

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Many have pointed out that Gilmore best vocalises the "mood" of the Nation.
Do you mean that the present mood is that somebody else will pay for people’s greed and envy?
I think that main reason for Gilmore’s popularity apart from typical left wing populism is absence of competition for leaders of others party.
Enda is doing everything to help FG lose next GE, reputation FF temporarily ruined, SF still cannot clean from old image. As result Labour are gaini9ng votes without offering any real alternatives to FF policies.
 

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Eamon Gilmore is another champagne socialist.He is part of the political system in this country called the "Cosy Cartel" which also includes Clowen,deadpan Enda and Gormless...

EG is all froth and no beer...
 

uriah

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Eamon Gilmore is another champagne socialist.He is part of the political system in this country called the "Cosy Cartel" which also includes Clowen,deadpan Enda and Gormless...

EG is all froth and no beer...
The Labour Party?

Ruairí Quinn? Joan Burton? Seán Sherlock? Eamon Gilmore?

I think not.

We need a real Labour Party in this country.
 

Catalpa

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He's doing well because Kenny is so awful....:oops:

+ as has been said he is shrewd enough to avoid the trap of doing anything more than speaking in generalities.

Its classic pseudo Left stuff - Keep it as mushy as possible & commit yourself to nothing in advance of taking power.

Wasn't he a senior player in a well known communist party in this Country once upon a time?

Surely the wolves in FF could tear his hind legs off over that one!:)
 

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Same reason, in a different context, why Bertie Ahern was so popular.

Bertie promised that we can afford to buy almost anything.
Angry Gilmore promises that we can afford to keep almost everything.

People don't like politicians who tell the truth.

Having said that, I like 30% of what Labour are doing. Joan Burton is sound on the banks, and Gilmore was very sensible about how we can't afford the huge amounts we are planning to spend on public infrastructure. However, most of the Labour surge is based on public sector employees who want to protect their status at any cost, including a hike to corporation tax (crippling non-State employers) or leaving the Euro, and by God does Labour know it.
 

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A number of reasons:

He avoids making any firm comments apart from criticising the Government.

A generation who have voted FF and always been used to wealth will naturally gravitate to those who offer easy options.

Public sector workers are attracted by Labours pledge to reverse their pay-cuts.

Thanks to a huge increase in emmigration by unemployed private sector workers, a large proportion of ABC1s are now composed of highly paid public servants.

Eamonn appears angry every time he appears on TV.

Eamonn actually avoids set piece indepth interviews and instead focuses on News based comments which project better in 10 second TV slots.


....to name but a few:)
 
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